Real-time communication with a medical professional

Posted Date: 06-11-18 Posted By: techcol Category: Health & Medicine
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Problem Description:

As a health conscious individual, I pay a lot of attention to how my body feels and can irregular symptoms that may emerge. I frequently go online and WebMD this stuff, but all the symptoms on those sites seem like they can be applicable to any kind of disease. It would be great if there was a site or app where I could message/video chat/call a medical professional in real time to ask for their opinion or expert advice on my current conditions or symptoms (similar to the picture below). At the point where we are now with technology, this should be in existence already.

Going in for a checkup is too tedious and time-consuming to just get answers on certain nutrition questions or symptoms that are not urgent. Let’s be honest, our healthcare system sucks in the US!

Background story:

I am in my mid 30s, and live in Los Angeles.

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jetstoner
Posted Date: 06-11-18

Would you willing to pay for this service? Not sure if a certified doctor would be willing to spend their time answering questions for strangers for free if they could make tons of more money with scheduled appointments..

techcol
Posted Date: 06-11-18

@jetstoner I would perhaps pay depending on the convenience of the process, service provided by the professional, and of course how much it would cost per session. I'm thinking like under $10 per online consultation. However, I think it could possible work as a free service since it could be a gateway for acquiring new clients/marketing strategy too.

krumpetor
Posted Date: 10-11-18

Haha, I would totally use this if it existed. I always have random questions when I notice some kind of blemish or symptom I'm feeling. Anyone know if someone's doing this already?

Noah_Culler
Posted Date: 30-11-18

What if it wasn't a real doctor but like that one game that was really popular called "Akinator"(you think of any actors, cartoon characters, people, musicians, youtuber's, anyone and it will guess it by asking every simple questions such as "is this person living?" or "is this person famous for acting?" then your answers narrow down the choices till he guesses the right answers) so what if a team of medical professionals made something just like that "Do you have a fever?" "Do you have an upset stomach?" "Do you feel lightheaded or nauseous?" "You may have the flu, go to a medical professional for a second opinion" And it wouldn't have the same authority as going to an actual doctors office but more if you think somethings wrong this may be the problem and have a fee a fraction of the cost of what a doctors visit would be